Our staff has just come back on the payroll for the season and we are getting ready to start updating all of our normal winter products such as Avalanche Advisories, Avalanche Occurrences, Snowpits and Backcountry Observations. We will update the Avalanche Advisories on an "as needed" basis, dependent mostly upon weather conditions. We will shift to daily Avalanche Advisories once there is sufficient snow cover.
As of now, there is some snow that is still covering the ground on the higher elevation northerly aspects. Some faceting has occurred on the surface of this snow. For the most part, the remaining snow has lots of rocks poking through which doesn't make for the best smooth and congruous avalanche starting zones. However, there are some slopes that have enough snow smoothly covering a starting zone where the faceted snow, with the right additional load, could produce avalanches. Hardesty's quick report from yesterday illustrates the point -
In simple terms, there are spotty areas where a weak layer of snow has formed that could produce avalanches once we add more snow. We will have to wait and see.